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History Courses

H291: US History 1
In this course students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States during the revolutionary and Constitutional eras. They will learn about the important social, political and economic factors that contributed to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the consequences of the war and key ideas of the U.S. Constitution. Students will also study America’s westward expansion, the establishment of political parties and economic and social change. Finally students will learn about the growth of sectionalism and how slavery and regional division led to the Civil War. Students will study the Civil War and reconstruction. Length: One Semester; Grade: 10; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: World History 2

H301: U.S. History 2
Students will analyze Reconstruction, post Civil War industrial growth, America’s international diplomatic relations, the Progressive Movement, the New Deal, various factors that led to America’s entry into both World War I and II. Students will study consequences of both wars and their impact on American life. Also studied will be the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the Cold War, including the Civil Rights movement, and recent events and trends that have shaped the modern-day United States. Length: One Semester; Grade: 11; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: World History 2 and US History 1

H201: World History
In this course students will study the social, economic, and political roots of the modern era. They will begin the course with a brief study of the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution in Europe and how it enabled European nations to colonize vast parts of Africa and Asia. Students will then explain the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century including World War I, the Interwar period, and World War II. Next, students will examine three country case studies highlighting changes in the post-war decolonization and independence period, including Israel and the Palestinian territories, India and Pakistan, and Kenya. Lastly, students will analyze the causes and consequences of the Cold War on nations around the world. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to develop and use critical thinking skills to challenge assumptions and to make connections between today and the historical events of the past. Students will write a research paper in which they craft an argument and support it with evidence and analysis from scholarly sources. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grade: 9